Joanne Scoles Portraits

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Student Statement

I take two painting classes, one in portraiture, one of them stiil-life or painting whatever you want using a picture. I decided on still-life and was attracted to metal objects. My instructor was fine, but I always loved Hall Groat’s paintings on the daily painters’ website. I seem to gravitate to realism type painting. So I ordered DVD’s on metals, glass, and fabric techniques. Very helpful! Especially with color, something I struggle with a great deal. So I combined what I learned from the DVD’s with my class instructor and I felt I achieved much more that way. I am grateful to have found Hall Groat’s instructional DVD ‘s.


Halls Critique

Joanne,  Your portraits are all very visually appealing and the basic anatomical structure of the heads are solid.  In terms of improvement, I would strive towards exploring “shared value” and lost and found edges.   This is my overall suggestion for your still life work, too. Exploring “shared values” will not only enhance the forms in your work, but will add a sense of mystery.  Take a look at how John Singer Sargent (at the link below)  handled edges and often made the value of the shadow of the form similar to the value of the adjacent negative space. This sort of thing creates a visual “passage” and prevents forms from appear static.

- Hall Groat
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